The Body Shop Fall Collection 2009: The Body Shop Precious Pearlescents Review and Swatches
The Body Shop Precious Pearlescents is available now in store and online. The Body Shop went a little warm this year and a little bold with their new Fall line up. I was quite delighted to see a mix of Fall friendly shades thrown together with some very vibrant, popping shades of green, blue, and lilac. Quite an interesting collection if you’re a friendly fan of color.
In honor of their new Fall Collection, The Body Shop is featuring new haul videos daily from youTubers who review, discuss, and even do tutorials using the collection. You can hop on over to The Body Shop Blog and enjoy a new video daily to see who’s loving all over the collection and what sort of looks they created. The Muse did a very brief video on her MuseTV channel over on youTube however she doesn’t particularly excel at video creating which is why she is following up that review with a post here on Musings.
Jump ahead for my review of The Body Shop Precious Pearlescents.
The Muse happens to be a big lover of baked blushes and shadows which is why this collection appeals in a major way. Made up of two baked shadows and two baked blushes this collection is sure to please those who have a similar liking of “baked products” as I do.
The Body Shop Precious Pearlescents Blush Trio are available in two shades and quite remind me of a Summer release from a year or so ago entitled Solar Duos. I really adored those blushes so when I got my hands on these I was quite chuffed proper how similar the color combos were. As with many of their blush releases these are only available in two shades which makes it easy to decide between settling on a cool or warm look. Shades available are Cool Dusk and Warm Sunset. Each blush is made up of three shades with a shimmer finish, it’s quite a subtle shimmer so no worries about the disco ball effect. Cool Dusk was my least favorite of the two as it applied a little too frosty on me. It’s a mix of darker and lighter pinks with a follow up of a cool, almost lilac shade. Warm Sunset is my favorite and the flattering of the two for Fall. This is a mix of deep shades of coral, orange, and bronze. It gives cheeks a beautiful warm glow which is quite fitting for the season. Each blush is quite pigmented and blends flawlessly however as I said Cool Dusk was really frosty on my cheeks and sadly frost doesn’t wear well on my fuller face.
Unlike many years past where they release three or four new shadows this year they settled on two shade selections. The Body Shop Precious Pearlescents eye trios are made up of three shades with a frosty, slightly shimmery finish. The shades can be combined to create a contrasting look or used separately if you like to create three looks instead of simply one. As with the blushes I was leaning towards the warmer shade as a favorite which is entitled Sundown Glow. This trip has a creamy white beige, a copper bronze, and a rich chocolate brown, rather ideal for Fall. The other shade, Moonlight Lustre, is a bit bolder for Fall and consists of blue, green, and a light lilac.
This is where things get a bit interesting…..
Following up with the blushes and shadow trios are five shades of The Body Shop Metallic Eye Definer Eye Pencils. These shades are all pretty different and exciting for Fall. Two of which, the blue and emerald green, are an interesting choice for Fall. Also available are purple, a copper penny, and a steel gray shade. The liners are quite creamy and glide onto the eye nicely. They are an interesting contrast to what I’d deem “warmer” for Fall. Aside from the bronze shade the colors are all very vibrant and bolder for the season.
Lastly, a new line of lipsticks was released available in a variety of shades. The Body Shop ColourGlide Lipstick is a nice moisturizing, slightly fruity tasting, pigmented shade of lipstick. I generally like The Body Shop Lipsticks as many of you do too since our last haul from The Body Shop’s Moroccan Rose Collection which featured some really great lipsticks. These are no different as they have a very good texture and formula. These will probably become a standard catalog item as the shade selection is vast which leads me to believe they’ll be around for a good while.
For my warm look below I used the Eye Shadow Trio in Sundown Glow on my eyes. It’s a pretty simple look as I swept the lightest shade all over my lid as a base, concentrating on my highbrow to highlight that area with the creamy beige shade. After I applied the bronze on my lid and blended the richer chocolate shade into my crease. On my cheeks I applied the Blush Trio in Warm Sunset to my cheeks and Colourglide Lipstick in Sunset Peach to my lips. Presto! Warm Fall look! Likey!
For my cooler look I used the Eye Shadow Trio in Moonlight Lustre on my eyes. I used this a bit differently than the promo images as I took a little liberty creating my look in a different way. I used the lilac shade all over my lid, sweeping it up and into my crease. I followed up by applied the green shade on my lid and a bit of the blue on the outer V of my eye. The promo model is wearing the lilac shade in the inner corner of her eye which is also an interesting effect. On my cheeks I’m wearing the Blush Trio in Cool Dust and on my lips the ColorGlide Lipstick in Berry Shimmer.
Overall, I’m usually on board for hauling any LE pieces from The Body Shop as you know from prior posts. I was quite happy to be able to test out these pieces for Fall. I’m partial to the warmer shades in the collection simply because it’s fitting with the season for me. Everything is of good quality with plenty of pigmentation and ease of application as they blend beautifully well so it’s not rubbish makeup you’re picking up. I think it’s worthy of a look at particularly the Warm Sunset Blush, Sundown Glow Shadow, and the new Colourglide Lipsticks.
Anyone haul anything from The Body Shop Fall yet?
Visit The Body Shop Blog for further details about the videos they’ll be featuring daily.
Stay tuned I have a few more bits I’ll be reviewing from The Body Shop shortly particularly a mineral shadow I tried and a mattifying gel, likey!
By the way, if you’re lemming The Body Shop Colourglide really hard you can snag it with Free Shipping from the site. 37 shades to choose from, talk about variety.